Bailey Massey died aged just nine months but mum Lindsay and dad Simon decided to have an uplifting service to pay tribute to their cartoon-loving son.Family and friends dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder and walked alongside the hearse to the church as amazed villagers looked on.
Lindsay, 24, said: "Bailey only had a short life and spent so much time in hospital, but he loved to watch cartoons."His favourite programme was the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He used to rock with laughter when he watched them, they made him so happy."We wanted to do something special and I thought it would be lovely if Bailey was surrounded by his favourite characters on his way to church.
"The church was full and there were a lot of people outside. It was a tribute to our son and everyone played their part. The funeral director said he had never done anything like it before."Bailey's grandad, concrete worker Ian Taylor, 45, wore a Mickey Mouse costume, his great uncles, Michael Duggan, 33, Sean Duggan, 37, went respectively as Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam.
Family friend Jeanette Otterwell, 44 went as Donald Duck and Marie Chamberlain, 43 was Daisy Duck - flanking the hearse.Grandad Ian's nephew Ross Taylor, 23, dressed as Minnie Mouse - followed by dozens of mourners. Ian carried Bailey's wicker coffin into the church and back to the hearse before the tot was buried in the village cemetery.
Bailey's gran Kathryn Taylor, 43, from Bolton-on-Dearne said: "Bailey was a gorgeous baby and a delight. Since he died people have told us they have placed themselves on the donor list and that is the best news we can hear. All our family are on the list as well.
"One of Bailey's donors was in his 60s, age is not of importance in something like this.
"The doctors and nurses were wonderful. But to give babies,children and adults a chance of life people must sign up as donors." A spokesman for funeral directors Frank Hoyland said: "This was an unusual funeral but it was carried out just as the family wished. We were glad to help."
Bailey, from Bolton-on-Dearne, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, was diagnosed with biliary atresia, which caused his liver ducts to fail when he was seven weeks old. Medics said he needed a transplant to survive.
Dad Simon, 27, a painter and decorator, donated part of his liver for a transplant at Leeds General Infirmary on December 20th but it was unsuccessful.
A second transplant from another donor on Boxing Day failed due to blood complications.
And Bailey died during surgery as a third transplant op was carried out.